Church Review Notes November 2016

The Parish of Saint Catherine & Saint James with Saint Audoen
Canon Mark Gardner (Editor) Tel: 01 454 2274 Mobile 087 266 0228
Review Distribution: Margery Bell Tel: 01 4542067

Service times every Sunday
10.00 Eucharist, St Audoen, Cornmarket. (Parking in Francis Street is free on Sundays)
11.30 Eucharist (and Sunday School, in term time) St Catherine & St James, Donore Avenue. (Family Service and Church Coffee, usually Second Sundays)

Many thanks to those who decorated the Churches for Harvest and provided ‘Church Coffee’ after the 11.30 Family Service. The flowers were parcelled up and taken to Olive Wilkinson, Beryl Stone, Irene Hayes, Joan West, Violet Quill and Olive Stacey. A profusion of small but sweet apples were enjoyed in the Rectory!

St Audoen’s Church
Urgent and necessary work on the fabric of St Audoen’s has revealed an unknown inscription on some old glass in the east window. The writing closely resembles that of a piece on display in the Visitor Centre. The name Newcombe stands out clearly and the date 1719.

The late Herbert Moore
Herbert was born in Dublin 19th November 1939. He lived for a number of years with his family at Lyons Estate Newcastle. In 1946/47 his family moved to Glenealy road. He went to school in St Catherine’s, also Life Boys, Boys Brigade and Church. In 1960 he went to live and work in England. In 1966 he went to USA for Florrie and Chick’s wedding to give her away. He never came back to live in Ireland only visiting from time to time. In 1973 he settled in Story, Wyoming (having lived and worked in New Jersey and Florida). He became a much loved member of their community and had many friends who now miss him. He died 2nd August 2016. He will always be lovingly remembered by his family and friends.

St. Catherine’s NS
St Theresa’s Church, next to our school, celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. One of the events being organised to mark this occasion is a “Talent Night” on Friday, November 11th. Father Cormac has kindly invited us to nominate a few children to take part, a nice opportunity for a child or small group who has a song, tune or other kind of act “ready to go” to perform to a wider audience. Children who did well in St Catherine’s Got Talent over the last couple of years might like to reprise their act, for example, but there could be other children who would like to have a go. The concert on November 11th is just that – a concert, not a competition. Tracy has kindly agreed to accompany if necessary.
We will be having our own “St Catherine’s Got Talent” next February or March as usual so I would appeal to parents not to encourage the children to audition this time unless they are fully ready with a piece and enthusiastic about the idea. As they say in all the best showbiz ads, “no time-wasters”! I’m not going to broadcast it to the children, but leave it up to parents to see if their child wants to give it a go. Needless to say, no pressure on anyone, it’s not a school event, just something we’ve been invited to take part in and which a few children might enjoy.
April Cronin.

St James’ Church James Street
Dear Mark, I thought I would update you concerning Dr Pearse Lyons’s connections with St James’ Parish, having now located in the RCB library the burial records of his grandfather, great-grandfather and grand-uncle in St James’ registers. Here they are in order, from vol 6 of the registers, 1884-1989: 1 October 1948, John H Lyons, 28 Earl Street South, 58 years. 7 July 1910, Thomas Lyons, 2 Murray’s Villas, 47 years. 18 November 1919, James Lyons, Stephen’s (sic) Hospital, 33 years. I have discussed with Susan Hood the possibility of presenting to Dr Lyons in Kentucky digital images of the above entries. I would suggest that burial certificates signed by your good self would enhance a presentation to a descendant of parishioners returning to establish a new enterprise in the area. We also find that Dr Lyons’s grandfather was baptised and his great-grandparents were married in St James’s Catholic Church across the road, while the family lived for a time in Echlin Street around the corner. Regards, Sean J Murphy, genealogist, lecturer and author.

Esther Steinberg
Ettie Steinberg was born to Czechoslovakian parents on January 11th, 1914, and lived at 28 Raymond Terrace, South Circular Road, and attended St Catherine’s National School, where a room is named after her. ‘Smashing Times’ theatre group is reviving her story in ‘Ode to Ettie Steinberg’, a play that reimagines moments from her short life. She was a Jewish seamstress who married a Belgian man, Vogtjeck Gluck, on July 22nd, 1937, in Greenville Hall synagogue in Dublin. The newlyweds soon moved to Antwerp to be closer to Gluck’s family business. Tensions grew around a Nazi invasion of the Low Countries, and the couple fled to Paris, where their son Leon was born. They were forced to continue to the south of France, moving every day, before they were captured and arrested while staying in a hotel. The trio were transported to Auschwitz.
Renowned playwright Deirdre Kinahan was given the task of writing Steinberg’s story for the stage. Kinahan’s telling of the story focuses on her particularly Dublin identity. Her imagined retelling of Steinberg’s life is influenced by the Jewish community that existed in Dublin at that time.
“I really wanted to make her very Dublin and very human, so that instead of just being the only Irish person who died in the Holocaust, I wanted to make her flesh and blood and hopes and fun, and hopefully that’s what I’ve achieved,” she says. “What I really enjoyed was visiting the Jewish museum in Portobello and trying to get the feel for that micro-culture existing within an Irish culture at that time.”